While it feels like it just started, the 2017 auto show season is nearly over already. Just ahead of Easter, the New York show always serves are the final hooray before the dead summer months. This year the industry appears to be going out with somewhat of a bang as the roster for this year’s show is fairly decked.
That said, we’re not expecting a lot of surprises in NYC this year. Nearly every known reveal has either been pre-released or teased ahead of this week’s actual media days. This list as it stands:
While most of the sheetmetal on the 2018 TLX will be unchanged from the 2017 model, the midsize sedan will be gaining a new face. The new face is visible above, which features the brand’s new grille design and LED headlights. Expect minor enhancements inside and under the hood as well.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0T
Although we already know what it looks like, Alfa Romeo will officially show off the U.S. version of the pedestrian Stelvio. Prior to this only the 505 horsepower Quadrifoglio variant was official for the U.S. market. Like the Giulia sedan, the base Stelvio will be equipped a 280 horsepower 2.o-liter turbocharged inline-four.
After nearly 10 years on the market, Buick is finally unveiling an all-new Enclave crossover. Previewed above, the new Enclave will adopt Buick’s latest design theme wrapped in a larger-than-today’s Enclave. Expect power to come from GM’s well-known 3.6-liter V-6.
Sedans are out and Buick knows this fact. For 2018 the Regal is ditching the sedan in favor of hatchback and wagon variants only. Buick actually revealed both cars last week, including all of the details, but their formal reveal will be in New York. Both variants are powered exclusively by GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and will be manufactured in Germany by Opel.
Chevrolet has finally leveraged the GM parts bin to craft a performance variant of the Tahoe and Suburban. Dubbed the RST models, the base package is just an appearance kit, but buyers can opt to add GM’s 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 to the Tahoe RST and 10-speed automatic to craft a performance pack.
Dodge has been teasing the Challenger SRT Demon for what feels like forever. Finally we’ll see the real deal in New York this week. Powered by an even higher output supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI than the 707 horsepower Hellcats, this car will be a drag strip superstar.
Basically, FCA is bringing the Hellcat engine to everything. Including the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which will be revealed this week. The 707 horsepower SUV will propel to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds, which is actually quicker than the lighter Hellcat cars. The quicker time is thanks to the Jeep’s all-wheel-drive system. Brembo brakes and some modest visual enhancements round out the Trackhawk’s high points.
The Honda Clarity name is hardly new given the brand has operated its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle under the Clarity FCV name. Now, Honda will expand the Clarity lineup in New York with the reveal of plug-in electric and totally electric variants of the Clarity lineup. Honda is expecting the Clarity line to standout in the EV space because it is truly a midsize sedan, versus the smaller scale of most electric vehicles currently on the market.
The tenth-generation Civic lineup will finally be completed this week with the reveal of the Civic Si lineup. Available in both sedan and coupe format, the Civic Si is powered by Honda’s turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four with 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. No, there’s no VTEC here.
Hyundai is going to attempt to prop up Sonata sales with a face-lifted variant of the car for 2018. Pulling design cues from the i30 and new Elantra, the Sonata is taking a more aggressive design approach after taking flak for being kind of boring compared to the competition. Hyundai is also adding new features and throwing in an eight-speed automatic on the turbo model.
Infiniti will preview the next QX80 SUV with the QX80 Monograph Concept in New York. While we already know what the concept looks like, there’s supposedly some technical details left as a mystery until its reveal.
Lexus will take the wraps off the the 2018 LS F-Sport, which was previewed with the image above. In addition to the obvious design enhancements, expect some mechanical upgrades to enhance the driving of the new LS. No powertrain upgrades are expected on this F-Sport model, though.
2018 Lincoln Navigator
Although the brand hasn’t officially confirmed it, we all expect to see the next-generation Lincoln Navigator this week. Expect the real deal to look similar to the Navigator Concept shown above.
Mercedes-AMG has decided to throw a V-8 in the GLC compact SUV, which makes total sense. Both GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe are powered by AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while upgrading to the GLC63 S will net you 503 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of torque.
2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition
Towards the end of the decade the Nissan 370Z will be turning 50 (it launched under the Datsun brand way back when). As such, Nissan is beginning the celebration with the 2018 370Z Heritage Edition. This variant features a minor face-lift with unique bits, such as stripes and wheels, to celebrate the car’s legacy.
Unsurprisingly, Nissan is bringing back the middle-of-the-pack GT-R for 2018. The new Track Edition takes pieces from the hot NISMO variant and applies them to the base car to craft the ultimately track-ready GT-R.
Subaru has been in the process of refining its entire lineup lately. Now the brand is turning its focus to the Outback wagon. For 2018 the Outback is getting a mild refresh to bring it in line with the brand’s newer models visually, while mechanical enhancements throughout are intended to make it a more refined vehicle.
One of few concepts debuting at New York is the Toyota FT-4X, previewed above. Aside from the fact it’s an off-road vehicle, not a lot is known about this concept. It is assumed this will serve as a preview to the next Toyota FJ Cruiser.